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Desmond Morton

September 10, 1937September 4, 2019

Desmond Morton was born on September 10, 1937 in Calgary, AB and passed away on September 4, 2019.

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Penny Bryden

September 18, 2019

Dear Gael,

I along with the rest of the Canadian Historical Association community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Desmond Morton. He was an important scholar whose legacy will be a lasting one in the Canadian historical community, not just through his vast writings but also through the work of the students he taught and the scholars he mentored over many years. He was also a fervent supporter of the Canadian Historical Association, having been a life member since 1980.

We are all better for having known him.

Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.

Yours sincerely,

Penny Bryden

P. E. Bryden
President, Canadian Historical Association/Présidente, Société historique du Canada
Professor of History
University of Victoria
Victoria BC

Bob McLachlan

September 17, 2019

Dear Gael,

My deepest sympathies and condolences for the loss of your husband "Des" - truly a Great Canadian!
As you may recall, I met you and Des on several occasions, after he had given various public military lectures at McGill.

Afterwards we always had thought provoking discussions on the lesser known Canadian military subject of: “Why 40,000 Canadians (BNA) served & fought in the American Civil War" In fact one day he actually showed up at my then downtown office, to "continue on" with this subject. (Definitely a humbling experience)

So I shall certainly miss Des, with his encyclopedic mind and hope to re-open these discussions with him again, when we meet at the Pearly gates...

God Bless & Rest in Peace Sir!

Bob McLachlan
former LCol Comd - CGG, Montreal

Patricia Burns

September 16, 2019

My deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Desmond Morton. It was always my hope to meet him in person but, unfortunately, I never did.
He honoured me greatly, however, by offering to write the introduction to my oral history of WW2, THEY WERE SO YOUNG, Montrealers Remember World War II. which was published in 2002. What came through in this introduction was his respect and love for those who served and continue to serve our country in uniform.
Patricia Burns
Montreal

Andrea Noakes

September 16, 2019

I had the pleasure of taking two courses with Des in the early 2000’s at McGill. His lectures were riveting and inspiring, and I always looked forward to them. On one occasion, he brought Brian Mulroney to our class, it was so cool for a political junkie. I realized then what a big deal Des was! Des is one of only two profs I can vividly recall. He even invited us over for a Halloween party one year. He was very special, truly in a class of his own. It’s hard to believe that he is no longer with us. My heartfelt condolences to his family, I can only imagine the loss you feel.

Sincerely, Andrea Noakes

Jacques Lachance

September 15, 2019

Gael,
C'est avec tristesse et chagrin que nous avons appris le décès de votre conjoint : feu Desmond.
Que le courage vous accompagne pour surmonter cette épreuve .
Amitiés.
Rita et Jacques Lachance

Dan Moore

September 15, 2019

A wonderful kind man, engaging teacher and leader in the fields of Canadian history and Canadian studies.

Mary Kosta-Cadas

September 12, 2019

Desmond Morton was by turns my boss, my mentor, my teacher and most importantly, my friend.

He was a true rarity - kind, capable with a huge heart and quick wit. You have left this world a better place my friend.

My sincere condolences to the family.



Matthew Farfan

September 11, 2019

Dear Gael,
On behalf of your many friends and colleagues at the Stanstead Historical Society / Colby-Curtis Museum, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences...
Des was one of a kind and will be missed by us all.

Our sympathies to the entire family,

Matthew Farfan
President, Stanstead Historical Society / Colby-Curtis Museum

Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean

September 11, 2019

Au nom des Ancien(ne)s du Collège militaire royal de Saint-Jean, le Chapitre Fort Saint-Jean souhaite exprimer ses sincères condoléances à la famille et aux amis en ces moments douloureux.

Ginette Lamontagne

September 10, 2019

Dear Gael and family,

I am so sad for your loss. Desmond was not only a brillant historian but he was also a kind human being on right side of all the good and worthy causes. He will be dearly missed.

My heartfelt sympathies to you, his children and all his family.

Warmest regards,

Ginette Lamontagne